Welcome Back to School!
Last year was another challenging year, but the children, parents and staff have been amazing and we thank you for all your support.
Thank you to those who completed our parent survey. All those who responded said that their child is happy, safe and makes good progress at school. 100% of parents agreed that school effectively deals with bullying or that they have not had any experience of this. 100% of parents stated the school is well led and managed and 90% agreed the school responds well to any concerns raised. Comments raised are always useful, parents find communication via Class Dojo effective.
The end of summer term sometimes means a change of staffing and we were very sad to say goodbye to Miss Wilson, Mrs Farrington and Mrs Pickering. We will miss them greatly and wish them well. Mrs E Ripley has joined GBA in Ladybird class, and Mr G Large has taken over our Year 5 class and is our Digital learning lead. We have also appointed three new Teaching Assistants: Miss K Campbell, Mr A Briggs and Mr D Godfrey. Additionally, we are happy to inform you that the Trust has appointed a specialist music teacher, Mr Greenwood, who will be with us on Friday each week, and will teach all pupils in KS1 and KS2.
Following the latest guidance for schools, we have removed year group bubbles and staff, parents and visitors will no longer be asked to wear face coverings whilst on the school site, unless they choose to. We are, of course, still be encouraging hand sanitising and regular hand washing throughout the school day and will continue to provide good ventilation throughout the school site. From September, children who have Covid symptoms should still remain at home, get tested and follow the guidance after testing. If children display symptoms in school, we will continue to notify parents/guardians and request that they are taken home for testing. However, we will no longer be required to send home entire groups of children. Instead, NHS Test and Trace will organise contact tracing. The school will be notified of close contacts by this service. Naturally, we will inform you if government guidance necessitates any further change to these arrangements.
All year groups now enter school through the main school gates next to the Pre-School. Please note that the classroom doors are open at 8:40am and school starts at 8:45am. Gates close at 8.50am. If your child is late for school, please bring them to the school office, where a member of staff will escort them to class as appropriate. Afternoon pick-up: From September, we have also returned to pre-Covid arrangements for the end of the school day. Gates are opened at 2.55pm and parents / carers will be able to enter the school site and make their way to an outside area close to their child’s classroom. Children are dismissed at 3:00pm. If anyone other than a listed contact is collecting your child, we need consent from a parent/guardian in advance. Please ensure that you have informed your child’s teacher and/or the school office. If we have not received consent from you, we will always call to check before allowing your child to leave with another parent or relative. If we have received written permission from parents, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils may be dismissed from school without a parent/carer present. For all other year groups, children are dismissed when a member of staff has seen the collecting parent/care.
We would like to remind you of the expected school uniform. School polo shirts and jumpers are available via Price and Buckland (www.pbuniform-online.co.uk/godmanchesterbridge), there is no requirement for your child to wear uniform with a school logo. However, we ask that you adhere to the following in terms of colour choices. We believe that a school uniform promotes a sense of community, belonging and pride in the school. Importantly, it also creates peer equality in terms of appearance. Children should wear: school/plain royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan; grey or black skirt, trousers, knee-length shorts or pinafore; blue gingham summer dress; white or royal blue polo shirt; black, grey or white tights or socks; sensible plain black shoes – no trainers, high heels or open toe sandals. If, for any reason, you have problems providing your child(ren) with the appropriate uniform, please make contact with the school (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a member of staff will make contact to understand how we can best help.
We have taken the decision that from September children should wear their PE kit to school on the day of their PE/Games lesson(s). This arrangement will increase the amount of activity time available and reduce the amount of lost property in school. Your class teacher will inform you of the relevant days. Please be reminded that the expected PE Kit is as follows: Children should wear: plain navy or black joggers or shorts; school/plain white or house coloured tshirt (red, blue or green) plain navy or black sweatshirt/hoodie jacket; white, black or grey socks and black or navy sports trainers. Please note that children should not wear branded kit apart from trainers. Items and uniform in school: All items that come into school must be named. It is much easier to return lost items back to their owner if they are named